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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1950s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rigby & Peller (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nylon and elastic; fully wired around the cup

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs J. Kenton of Rigby & Peller

  • Museum number:

    T.610:1, 2-1995

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Foundation garments of the 1950s incorporated new light and highly tensile elastic panels, which reduced boning. Other innovations included high-line zipped and step-in girdles and corselettes (combined bras and girdles).

New supportive bras included plunge, half-cup and underwired designs. Some also offered the choice of detachable straps as shown here. It was made by elite corsetiere Rigby & Peller (established in London in 1939).

Physical description

Bra of white nylon, elastic and net with detachable straps. The cups are fully wired. Shoulder straps are detachable; there is also a front fastening strap under the bust.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1950s (made)


Rigby & Peller (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Nylon and elastic; fully wired around the cup

Marks and inscriptions

The brassiere came with an original sales tag

Descriptive line

White nylon brassiere, fully wired cups, Rigby & Peller, London, England, 1950s.

Labels and date

Rigby & Peller

Nylon and elastic with detachable straps; fully wired around the cup

Given by Rigby & Peller
V&A: T.610-1995 [22/09/2007]


Nylon; Elastic; Wire


Underwear; Fashion; Women's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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